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Galton, G. (2003). Valerie Sinason Talks to Graeme Galton. Free Associations, 10(4):401-419.

(2003). Free Associations, 10(4):401-419


Valerie Sinason Talks to Graeme Galton

Graeme Galton


Valerie Sinason Is A child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst who is well known for her pioneering work with learningdisabled patients. For the last decade she has also been at the forefront of the growing awareness and understanding of ritual abuse and the ways that psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be used to treat its victims. Sinason has played a key role in developing the current understanding of the psychodynamics of this abuse. This controversial work has also focussed on establishing the traumatic aetiology of dissociative identity disorder (DID) and has highlighted its link with ritual abuse. In 1998 she founded the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, which has seen more DID patients than any other single treatment centre in the United Kingdom. This interview took place on 16 April 2003, sitting in her garden in north London.


Graeme Galton: You're perhaps best known for your learning disability work, and it's now 24 years since you saw your first learning-disabled patient…

Valerie Sinason: Gosh.

GG: … and I was wondering what feelings you have about your pioneering work in that field?

VS: It feels very strange because that's the field that I thought would be my only field for the rest of my life.

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